58 episodes

Host Anastasia Bucsis, Two-time Canadian Olympic speedskater, brings her unique backstory to funny, friendly conversations with high performance athletes. No formulaic jock talk here ... these are buddies who understand each other, and help us do the same.

Player's Own Voice CBC

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    • 4.7, 149 Ratings

Host Anastasia Bucsis, Two-time Canadian Olympic speedskater, brings her unique backstory to funny, friendly conversations with high performance athletes. No formulaic jock talk here ... these are buddies who understand each other, and help us do the same.

    Jennifer Jones pleads the fifth

    Jennifer Jones pleads the fifth

    Jennifer Jones, The Manitoba Skip, was recently named the greatest female curler of all time.This year she negotiated the biggest trade in Curling, bringing Lisa Weagle onto team Jones as a Fifth. Fans of the sport will be quick to ask: How much fire power can a team possibly have if Lisa Weagle is fifth curler? J-Jones answers that neatly. The true value of the fifth is best revealed at the Olympics...so why wait til the last second to build the team that is going for gold on the biggest stage? Jones also addresses her famous intensity, and helps us understand how being competitive can be compartmentalized. She insists that her focus on winning melts away when she’s off the ice. Fierce and friendly seems like an oxymoron, but she’s living proof it can happen.

    • 41 min
    Christine Sinclair shares the full 10%

    Christine Sinclair shares the full 10%

    She is the all-time leading scorer in International Soccer. She is also a proudly private person. We learn some home truths about Christine Sinclair today. For one thing, shy does not mean unfriendly. Sinclair tells Anastasia Bucsis that she allows the public to glimpse 10% of her life. Sinclair reveals surprising backstories behind the unwanted fame that followed on her playing with a badly broken nose during World Cup 2011. And the reasons behind Janine Beckie taking that penalty shot vs Sweden in last year's world cup...and she goes deep on the relentless attention that came as she neared the goal scoring record. Did she celebrate that moment?...Umm. not really. She was busy. And exactly how does an introvert wear a C? With pride of course!

    • 34 min
    Anxious times with Athlete Representative Diana Matheson

    Anxious times with Athlete Representative Diana Matheson

    Player's Own Voice podcast records a carefully- distanced check in with Canadian soccer star Diana Matheson, who is thinking about the big picture role of sports during the COVID-19 upheaval.

    • 16 min
    Live with Kristina Groves

    Live with Kristina Groves

    When the COC came knocking- asking Anastasia Bucsis about running a live podcast for an audience of Canadian Olympians heading to Tokyo, the first question was: what is it we want to help athletes understand?

    The answer was 'Flow'. That quicksilver, dialed-in state where an athlete enters a focused zone of excellence. Flow is relaxed and alert, fast and unhurried. Steady amid the chaos. Very zen. For Anastasia, it was obvious who to call to work through the idea.

    Kristina Groves has four Olympic medals and a million world championship titles tucked somewhere under her spandex speed suits. She is one of the most consistent athletes Canada has even known. If anyone, by virtue of practice and habit, can summon that flow state of mind, Long Track Speed Skating phenom Kristina Groves' the one to do it.

    This edition of the Player's Own Voice podcast was a bit of an experiment. We liked the live feedback. We may try it again if we come across another captive audience. Meanwhile, we are still recharging the batteries and lining up our ducks for season three. We'll be back in full swing in a couple of months.

    • 38 min
    Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes on how to build a winning team

    Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes on how to build a winning team

    As the NHL undergoes the long process of helping coaches and players figure out how to communicate without intimidation or prejudice, the league could do a lot worse than to listen and learn from Canada's reigning world champion beach volleyball duo of Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes.

    The two-woman team and their coaches have managed to dominate the world's best in large part by working long and purposefully at learning how to respect one another, how to communicate properly in the heat of competition, how to allow junior voices to be heard without fear of senior reprisal, and most of all, how to generate a team environment in which the will to win eclipses the fear of making mistakes.

    The Canadians share the secrets of their quiet confidence with host Anastasia Bucsis, who concludes season two of the Podcast series with this story of a team which has every prospect and possibility of reaching the top of the podium in Tokyo.

    • 33 min
    Pulling no punches with Stu Grimson

    Pulling no punches with Stu Grimson

    Stu Grimson's new autobiography is aptly called The Grim Reaper, but the book's subtitle – The life and career of a reluctant warrior – rounds out the picture of the infamous NHL enforcer.

    Grimson was a serious handful, a heavyweight who knew exactly how to flatten a foe in as few punches as necessary. But he is conflicted about that role - and much more proud of his leadership in the locker room and on the bench.

    The fact that Grimson liked using his noggin more than his knuckles became obvious once he got his law degree and started negotiating in NHL labour disputes.

    Host Anastasia Bucsis gets the NHL veteran talking about the main preoccupations of a heavyweight during the height of the enforcer years.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
149 Ratings

149 Ratings

slhenning ,

so good!

Anastasia has incredibly articulate, meaningful questions with such a positive attitude towards an awesome and diverse group of top tier Canadian athletes so far. Can’t wait for more, it’s getting me through my long training rides.🙏🏻❤️

kfitzcan ,

Great show, keep it coming! :)

I’m a fan of this podcast. Anastasia does a great job and think it’s awesome that there’s a CBC platform for athletes to discuss experiences and critical topics. Keep up the good work! 👍

hhhiii333 ,

Highly recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Fantastic podcast. Anastasia Bucsis lets us in on the fun as she speaks with Canada’s best athletes.

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